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September 2020 Monthly Newsletter

2020 has proven to be a very challenging year for most of us, and the Church is not exempt. So much has changed in our world, but unfortunately, the effects of pornography on Christians have not changed. With stress and anxiety at an all-time high, more families working from home together, and our children online for school, exposure and use of pornography is increasing.

Scripture teaches us in 1 Peter 5:8, >"Be sober, be vigilant, because your adversary the devil walks about as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour."
As Christians, we must heed this warning. We know triggers are catalysts that make a person need something to make them feel better, and pornography seeks to fill this void. We all know people struggling with depression, anxiety, loneliness, boredom, stress, emotional or psychological discomfort right now, and this can easily trigger a desire to escape, avoid, and dissociate. This is where many of us Christians can fall into the empty promises of pornography.

Pornography is seeking to devour our families. The church is hurting and the porn industry is wasting no time in exploiting our vulnerable state.

The church has a huge opportunity in these dark times. We have a chance to meet people where they are and help people find hope and freedom from the grips of porn and redeem technology for good.

The church has to start talking openly (yes, on Sunday mornings) about the reality of the situation. No more sugar-coating the facts; we must be truthful, frank, and direct. We must stop pretending the issue is not impacting our people. Remember the Barna Study from 2016? Approximately 68% of Christian men and 33% of Christian women are viewing porn on at least a monthly basis.

Let's be bold! One easy way to start this conversation is by kicking off a Safe Home Sunday event. At Covenant Eyes, we have created a free launch kit that allows you to start talking openly and honestly about pornography and its impacts. This is an annual event designed to shine a light on this secret sin and remove the shame and taboo nature of this conversation. By being open and honest, and sharing stories of those who have struggled and overcome, we kill shame dead in its tracks.

One reason so many hide in the pews with their unresolved sexual sins is that we speak of grace-centered churches, but when people look around, they don't see it or feel it. When 93% of churches have no plan to address pornography, and when sexual sins are treated as taboo topics or dirty sins, people will continue to hide, and shame and guilt will push them further away from freedom that is possible. Safe Home Sunday is a good way to get started.

The task in front of us is not easy; there are so many pressing issues facing our churches right now. I will not pretend that your job is going to be easy, but God has uniquely qualified you for a time such as this and surrounded you with the people you need to do His work. Jesus never said it would be easy, but we know it will be worth it. We must remain strong and courageous, not afraid, for the Lord your God is with you (Joshua 1:9).

Here at Covenant Eyes, our Church team is here to help you address the scourge of pornography. We have resources and programs to help the Church tackle pornography head-on with courage and compassion. Lean into us; let us help you and your church find freedom in this area so we can reach the world around us. We are praying for you!

Your sister in Christ,

Karen Potter